The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Friday, January 26, 2007
John Hawkins-Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select The Most & Least Desired 2008 Republican Nominee (First Half Of 2007 Edition)
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an evil man. But he is not a stupid man. Indeed, he is smart and fastidious. He understands power and how to get it. And he understands that the purpose of a nation's foreign policy is to sell ideas and messages and to build coalitions that enable a state to achieve its national aims. Due to his understanding and his abilities, Ahmadinejad has achieved significant success in advancing his policy aims of defeating the United States, destroying the State of Israel, and acquiring nuclear weapons.....
MANY MEMBERS of the audience who heard Sharansky's remarks on Tuesday serve in official capacities vested with responsibility for contending with this terrible state of affairs. So the question that must be asked is what are they and the politicians they serve under doing to contend with the growing specter of national destruction? Unfortunately, on the level of international diplomacy the answer is precious little. Israel's top leaders spend most of their time spreading baseless promises that everything is under control. Aside from that, they engage in either feckless or counter-productive diplomatic activity
"Our combat forces have never lost an engagement in Iraq. Let's make sure they don't lose the war in Washington. Unshackle the military and let our soldiers and Marines do their job. This will quickly silence the critics, as well as the insurgents and radical Islamist fundamentalists. "
"To be sure, it is impossible to tell at this point whether the prime minister's remarks will be backed up with action or how sustained any action will be, and Washington must be prepared to remind Mr. Maliki of his responsibility to disarm Shi'ite militia groups. But Mr. Maliki has at least taken one important, necessary step in the right direction: declaring publicly and unmistakably a plan for action.
Unfortunately, one cannot say the same for members of Congress, who seem to be competing with one another to see who can project a more craven, irresponsible image in wartime to our enemies abroad. One of the latest examples was Wednesday's passage by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of a resolution of disapproval for President Bush's plan to send additional troops to Iraq. The resolution, rammed through by panel Chairman Joe Biden on a largely party-line 12-9 vote, declares that the president's proposal is "not in the national interest." Unfortunately, many Republicans are behaving only a little less foolishly than Mr. Biden, who is running for president next year. Sen. John Warner, a distinguished public servant who usually demonstrates good judgment, introduced a slightly less hostile nonbinding resolution of his own condemning the president's plan. "
"But we can see one big difference between the hybrid battery challenge and the push to mainstream ethanol. In the first case, businesses are putting mostly their own money into hybrid technology."
"We will always need some oil. And the more of it that is ours, the better. It is tautological that nothing more directly reduces dependence on foreign oil than substituting domestic for foreign production. Yet ANWR is now so politically dead that the president did not even mention it in the State of the Union, or his energy address the next day.
He did bring up, to enthusiastic congressional applause, global warming. No one has a remotely good idea about how to make any difference in global warming without enlisting China and India, and without destroying the carbon-based Western economy. The obvious first step, however, is an extremely powerful source of energy that produces not an ounce of carbon dioxide: nuclear."
During WWII, the German War machine converted coal to oil.The technology must have been vastly improved in the past 65 years.Seems like there is more a lack of honesty on the energy front than a lack of resources preventing energy independence from Middle East oil.
"Under his slap-on-the-wrist plea agreement, Sandy Berger agreed to submit to a polygraph test to determine the extent of his thievery of classified documents. So why hasn't the test been administered?"